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Forum: Model A (1928-31) Today, 01:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 449
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Schwalms

How many times has the engine been started, and how many minutes was each run time?

In the 70's I locked up two good running used engines because I only ran them for 10 minutes, then shut them...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) Yesterday, 08:57 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,822
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: STP and Transmission: any negative experience ?

After a 17 mile drive at 85* my rear axle temp was still below 100*.
I didn't shoot the tranny temp.


BTW, I like MMO, STP, and Sea Foam. They've all done good things, just as they are supposed...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-15-2019, 08:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 216
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Turning over but won’t start-slight electrical short

Points may need to be cleaned or replaced. It happened to me when it lost spark while cranking with the starter. It fired right up with the hand crank though.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-15-2019, 08:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 595
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Best way to scuff a clean head

"The water jackets looks pretty clean, no blocked ports so I should be OK there."


I've never seen blocked ports, but a lot of rusty crud settles in the rear bottom of the cooling chamber. Dig...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-15-2019, 08:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 486
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Cylinder Head Flatness

I'd want .002" or less across the width, and .004" or less along the length, and set .003" and .006" as the outer limits.
Remember, there is a lot of distance between the studs, beside the low...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-15-2019, 08:25 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 709
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Masking Carburetor

I've always greased small parts I don't want to get paint on.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-13-2019, 07:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 334
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: wheel stud - thread size please

I would buy a thread restoring tool rather than use a thread file or die, which both remove metal.
The thread restoring tool pushes the deformed metal back into place.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-13-2019, 06:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 306
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Electric wiper arms

LOL, that's a good one, but may well be true.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-13-2019, 08:40 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,067
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: I think my exhaust valves are burnt

Cancel the gasket order and buy the copper head gasket, so you won't have to pull the head again to replace the bad silicone gasket.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-12-2019, 09:32 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 793
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Help me identify engine noise?

Could it be the starter drive pinion moving forward and hitting the flywheel teeth?


Very unlikely, but never say never.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-11-2019, 09:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 521
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-11-2019, 09:30 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 816
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Kerosene

I made an air bubbler and used diesel fuel to clean the pan. I repeated this 3 times, then dropped the pan.
Don't experiment, as dropping the pan is the only way to get the sludge out.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-11-2019, 09:22 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 861
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Timing puzzle

One of my ebay timing lights is bad, and the flash is all over the place.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-11-2019, 08:32 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 769
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Battery constantly draining

The cutout should have an L bracket to connect to the generator post. No other wire should go to that side of the cutout. If it was my car I'd call Bert's and order a good restored original cutout...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-11-2019, 08:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 521
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Transmission removal

You did it right. I had to do the same thing, except I lowered the brake cross shaft.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-11-2019, 08:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 356
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Lever type latch on 28-29 open car

As Jim said, my 9-27-28 Phaeton has black arms and nickel plated knobs.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-09-2019, 02:46 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 709
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Two piece crank shaft pulley

The thin wall of the cast iron V is fragile, and I've seen them broken several times by careless handling.
The last engine I bought had a 2 piece cast aluminum pulley, which I planed to keep on the...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-09-2019, 10:39 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 769
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Battery constantly draining

Yes, for sure. When you remove the wire from the cutout that goes to the terminal box, you should see a spark if the cutout is stuck closed. Most repro cutouts aren't worth the price of the scrap...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-09-2019, 07:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 499
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-07-2019, 08:08 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,345
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Will I fit in a Roadster??

Exactly. This past October I finally got serious about loosing fat, have dropped 25 pounds, and hope to drop 15 or 20 more. Most winters I gain 10 pounds, but this winter I lost 25, so that's a great...
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-07-2019, 07:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 683
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Banjo Fracture

Yep, also spinning tires on snow, ice, or mud, then the tire suddenly grips dry pavement and something gives. I've never seen the housing that broken though.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-06-2019, 01:04 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,689
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: It ran when parked ..... at the bottom of the lake

Proof positive that using non detergent oil leaves sludge behind.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-04-2019, 04:49 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 788
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: new 30 roadster electrical...........

If you lost spark, then clean the points.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-04-2019, 11:16 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 443
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Starts then stops

Today's crap gas can leave lots of residue, and the crap gas evaporates very quickly. On small engines especially, it's important to run them dry for long term storage.
Forum: Model A (1928-31) 06-03-2019, 08:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 443
Posted By Tom Wesenberg
Re: Starts then stops

Did rodents plug up the exhaust over winter?
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